I won’t try to justify it – but instead of watching this year’s Christopher Street Days Parade (the mainstream one) go through Berlin, I bought a ticket and jumped onboard the Official Lady Gaga Truck.
The weather was optimal – it never rained, but it never got excessively hot, so there wasn’t a problem with melting. The main problems I had, to be honest, were with hearing and urine. The truck was loud and I hadn’t thought ahead to buy earplugs – consequently, right now, I am somewhat deaf.
The urine problem comes from the fact that as part of the ticket there was unlimited free beer (Beck’s) and prosecco. I realized the potential problem fairly early and limited myself to two cups of prosecco—thus limiting myself to two trips off the truck – one just before crossing the start line, where I paid 50 cents to pee at a restaurant, and then I peed into a bush somewhere near Tiergarten. Others on the truck were getting off far more frequently. The parade organizers really should import the public urinals that I’ve seen in Amsterdam.
I might note that occasionally the crowd was energetic than those of us on the truck – and the crowd tried to get those of us on the truck to dance more – but let me observe something: the music on the Official Lady Gaga Truck started somewhere around 12:30 or 12:45. The truck hit the finish line around 6:30 or 7pm. That’s a lot of time to be dancing and a lot of Lady Gaga – it is a testament to the quality of her music that I still want to listen to her music in the future – although I am listening to nothing right now because I’ve overdosed on dance music today.
There are a total of 123 photos uploaded to Flickr – you can see my complete CSD 2011 From the Official Lady Gaga Truck set, or, if you’re sane, you can see a few highlights below. Find commentary about the photos I’ve posted here in the captions.